National Scoliosis Center

National Scoliosis Center National Scoliosis Center provides custom Rigo Cheneau bracing, low-dose EOS imaging, collaboration with Schroth Physical Therapists, and patient support to create a center for non-operative care of pediatric scoliosis.

National Scoliosis Center builds on a 30+ year focus on the treatment of pediatric scoliosis. We are committed to pursuing this focus using the best-proven practices available today regarding diagnostics, calibration, manufacturing, technology, and treatment. All of this is delivered with a founding commitment to patient empathy. We pride ourselves in working closely with physicians and patients,

National Scoliosis Center builds on a 30+ year focus on the treatment of pediatric scoliosis. We are committed to pursuing this focus using the best-proven practices available today regarding diagnostics, calibration, manufacturing, technology, and treatment. All of this is delivered with a founding commitment to patient empathy. We pride ourselves in working closely with physicians and patients,

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Jessica is visiting from California this week. She’s a certified orthotist who has worked with our team for several year...
11/12/2021

Jessica is visiting from California this week. She’s a certified orthotist who has worked with our team for several years. This week she is building her skills on the Rigo Cheneau concept of bracing. It is always fun to have Jessica back. 💚

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Jessica is visiting from California this week. She’s a certified orthotist who has worked with our team for several years. This week she is building her skills on the Rigo Cheneau concept of bracing. It is always fun to have Jessica back. 💚

#nationalscoliosiscenter #orthotist #rigocheneaubrace #scoliosis

Yesterday’s Lunch & Learn on Sagittal Profile and Etiology in AIS with Dr. René Castelein was fantastic. We all learned ...
11/10/2021

Yesterday’s Lunch & Learn on Sagittal Profile and Etiology in AIS with Dr. René Castelein was fantastic. We all learned a lot and are grateful he shared his knowledge. For those of you that missed it, we taped it and plan to share it in the next few weeks.

Luke and Dr. Castelein met at a SOSORT conference in Canada in 2016 – SOSORT is dedicated to the advancement of the non-operative management of idiopathic scoliosis and other structural spine changes. Although, Dr. Castelein is a surgeon he believes there is a lot to be gained by using non-operative treatment like bracing combined with physical therapy. He also is an advocate for early screening for scoliosis because if scoliosis is detected early, it allows for non-operative treatment to be more successful.

Dr. René Castelein is a professor of orthopedic surgery and chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. He trained as a general orthopedic surgeon in the Netherlands followed by a fellowship at the Alfred I du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. He is well known and respected in the spinal deformity community, especially for his work related to the etiopathogenesis of idiopathic scoliosis.

He has published over 150 scientific peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters, has supervised 30 Ph.D. theses, and presented keynote lectures, mostly on scoliosis, at international society meetings. He has been a visiting professor at many prestigious international universities, has been the president of the Nordic Spinal Deformities Society (NSDS), of the International Research Society of Spinal Deformities (IRSSD), holds committee positions in the Scoliosis Research Society, is a board member of the International Group for Advancement in Spinal Science (IGASS) and was the vice president and scientific secretary of the Dutch Orthopaedic Society.

He is a member of and has received research support from, many international scientific societies including SRS, Eurospine, AO-Spine, and the Fondation Yves Cotrel.

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We love when former patients express an interest in orthotics and medicine. This week, we have Mia joining us and shadow...
11/09/2021

We love when former patients express an interest in orthotics and medicine. This week, we have Mia joining us and shadowing our orthotist team. She loves working with our team. She says, “it is nice to be back and help after everything National Scoliosis Center did for me. Everyone on the team not only provides treatment, they really care and show compassion to their patients.” 💚

Mia is a senior in high school and completed seven years of bracing. Her curve was up to 32 degrees at one point – thanks to the Rigo Cheneau brace and her commitment to wearing the brace, her curve stabilized in the mid-20s, which is fantastic. No surgery is needed! 😁

During Mia’s treatment, she continued to do ballet and still does so today -- she is dancing in the Nutcracker with the Academy of Russian Ballet this season. 🩰

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Our orthotist, Taylor, is back from maternity leave. Taylor had twins in August and is back working at our Baltimore off...
11/05/2021

Our orthotist, Taylor, is back from maternity leave. Taylor had twins in August and is back working at our Baltimore office on Wednesdays. We are so happy for her and her beautiful family and we are also happy to have her back working with her NSC family -- including Jackson (our Baltimore office mascot)! 💚🐾

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We are hosting a special ‘lunch & learn’ session for area physicians, PAs, and nurses interested in learning more about ...
11/04/2021
Lunch & Learn: Sagittal Profile and Etiology in AIS

We are hosting a special ‘lunch & learn’ session for area physicians, PAs, and nurses interested in learning more about sagittal profile and etiology. Our guest speaker is Dr. René Castelein, a professor of orthopedic surgery and chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. This event will take place on November 9, 2021, from 12-1 pm at National Scoliosis Center, located at 3023 Hamker Court, Suite LL50, Fairfax, VA 22031, and lunch will be provided. To help us with planning, please RSVP at the link below by November 8.

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This special 'lunch & learn' session is for area physicians, PAs, and nurses interested in learning more about sagittal profile and etiology.

Please feel free to register and attend this webinar on Sunday, November 7 at 9am Eastern Time. Our, Chief Orthotist, Fo...
11/02/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Current Status of Bracing in Adults and Adolescents: An SRS-SOSORT Collaboration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Please feel free to register and attend this webinar on Sunday, November 7 at 9am Eastern Time. Our, Chief Orthotist, Founder, and President, Luke Stikeleather, is one of the presenters.
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Join the SRS Non-Operative Committee and the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) for a webinar analyzing the current evidence and practice guidelines for bracing for adolescent and adult patients with spinal deformity. Learning Objectives In this webinar, the learn...

Many of our patients ask us for advice on spine health. Since October is Spine Health Awareness Month, we thought we’d s...
10/29/2021

Many of our patients ask us for advice on spine health. Since October is Spine Health Awareness Month, we thought we’d share some advice on what patients can do to keep their spine healthy. Here are some examples of how to best care for your spine, which is even more important when you have spine abnormalities such as scoliosis:

Eat healthy foods!
The food we put into our bodies plays a large role in how we feel. When looking out for your spine, choose healthy foods with lots of vitamins and minerals.

Drink water!
Staying hydrated is important for everyone. For those wearing a scoliosis brace, this is particularly important because you may sweat more in the brace and you’ll need to replenish those fluids. Plus, drinking water will help cool you down.

Go play!
Go outside and get some exercise. Try doing activities that work on engaging your core. This can strengthen your abdominal muscles put less pressure on your back, improve your posture, relieve back pain, and stabilize your spine.

Physical Therapy for Scoliosis:
Here at National Scoliosis Center, we collaborate with Schroth physical therapists. The Schroth Method of physical therapy uses exercises tailored specifically to a patient’s specific curve as a non-surgical option for treatment. This method can help those with scoliosis care for their spines.

#nationalscoliosiscenter #spinehealthawareness #spinehealthawarenessmonth #scoliosis #scoliosisawareness #schrothphysicaltherapy #spinehealth #fairfaxva #baltimoremd

Many of our patients ask us for advice on spine health. Since October is Spine Health Awareness Month, we thought we’d share some advice on what patients can do to keep their spine healthy. Here are some examples of how to best care for your spine, which is even more important when you have spine abnormalities such as scoliosis:

Eat healthy foods!
The food we put into our bodies plays a large role in how we feel. When looking out for your spine, choose healthy foods with lots of vitamins and minerals.

Drink water!
Staying hydrated is important for everyone. For those wearing a scoliosis brace, this is particularly important because you may sweat more in the brace and you’ll need to replenish those fluids. Plus, drinking water will help cool you down.

Go play!
Go outside and get some exercise. Try doing activities that work on engaging your core. This can strengthen your abdominal muscles put less pressure on your back, improve your posture, relieve back pain, and stabilize your spine.

Physical Therapy for Scoliosis:
Here at National Scoliosis Center, we collaborate with Schroth physical therapists. The Schroth Method of physical therapy uses exercises tailored specifically to a patient’s specific curve as a non-surgical option for treatment. This method can help those with scoliosis care for their spines.

#nationalscoliosiscenter #spinehealthawareness #spinehealthawarenessmonth #scoliosis #scoliosisawareness #schrothphysicaltherapy #spinehealth #fairfaxva #baltimoremd

Our talented orthotist assistants, Christen and Brooke, are fixing up another exam room at the Fairfax office so we can ...
10/22/2021

Our talented orthotist assistants, Christen and Brooke, are fixing up another exam room at the Fairfax office so we can see more patients. 😁

Thanks, Christen and Brooke! 💚

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Our talented orthotist assistants, Christen and Brooke, are fixing up another exam room at the Fairfax office so we can see more patients. 😁

Thanks, Christen and Brooke! 💚

#nationalscoliosiscenter #orthotists #scoliosistreatment #scoliosisbrace #fairfaxva

Our wonderful patient care coordinators, Emalee, Laures, and Meghan are organizing and decluttering. Fall cleaning! 🍂🧹 S...
10/19/2021

Our wonderful patient care coordinators, Emalee, Laures, and Meghan are organizing and decluttering. Fall cleaning! 🍂🧹

Stay tuned for more updates on office happenings this week.

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Here at National Scoliosis Center, we want to recognize World Spine Day and encourage all of our followers to do the sam...
10/16/2021

Here at National Scoliosis Center, we want to recognize World Spine Day and encourage all of our followers to do the same.

World Spine Day aims to raise awareness about spinal health and spine disorders among individuals, communities, professionals, and all stakeholders associated with spine care. The goal is to provide a forum for ongoing discussion about spinal disorders, the sharing of best practices, and promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the global issue of spinal disorders.

#Back2Back #worldspineday #wsd21 #nationalscoliosiscenter #rigocheneaubrace #schrothphysicaltherapy #scoliosisawareness #eosxrays

Here at National Scoliosis Center, we want to recognize World Spine Day and encourage all of our followers to do the same.

World Spine Day aims to raise awareness about spinal health and spine disorders among individuals, communities, professionals, and all stakeholders associated with spine care. The goal is to provide a forum for ongoing discussion about spinal disorders, the sharing of best practices, and promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the global issue of spinal disorders.

#Back2Back #worldspineday #wsd21 #nationalscoliosiscenter #rigocheneaubrace #schrothphysicaltherapy #scoliosisawareness #eosxrays

Cadence found out she had scoliosis when she was in 3rd grade and got her first brace from us in January. Now, she is in...
10/15/2021

Cadence found out she had scoliosis when she was in 3rd grade and got her first brace from us in January. Now, she is in 4th grade and we just finished fitting her for a second brace to accommodate her growth. As you can see from the X-rays, the Rigo Cheneau brace is giving Cadence growth-guided correction for her curves. Her new brace will focus on stabilizing her curves, working on the rotation, and getting her center.

Cadence says, "most of the time no one even knows I am wearing my brace. It has become a pretty normal part of my day and my friends don't care that I wear a brace."

Keep wearing your brace Cadence, you are doing great! 💚

#nationalscoliosiscenter #scoliosis #scoliosisbrace #rigocheneau #fairfaxva #baltimoremd

If you have a bracing appointment coming up soon and you’re not sure what you need to wear, we got you covered. We have ...
10/13/2021
What to Wear to Your Brace Appointments | National Scoliosis Center

If you have a bracing appointment coming up soon and you’re not sure what you need to wear, we got you covered. We have a blog post detailing what is best to wear for your appointment in order for you to be comfortable and to ensure your appointment is stress-free. 💚

Click on the link below to read the blog post! 👕🩳

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One way to make the process of getting a brace easier is to wear the right clothing to your appointments with your orthotist (brace maker).

Meet Finn! 👋 Finn is 11 years old and has a great outlook on bracing. He says, “scoliosis is a wonderful thing that you ...
10/08/2021

Meet Finn! 👋 Finn is 11 years old and has a great outlook on bracing. He says, “scoliosis is a wonderful thing that you can get experience from. It allows you to teach others about scoliosis and it teaches you that you can overcome whatever struggle comes your way.”

Finn’s mom and dad say, “scoliosis has helped build Finn’s character and it hasn’t stopped him one bit.” He swims, plays football, basketball, soccer, and tennis.

Previous to coming to National Scoliosis Center, Finn had been in a Boston brace. Finn’s parents were not seeing the improvement they expected using the Boston brace, so they did some research and found us and our Rigo Cheneau style brace. We’re glad they did. As you can see from the in-brace X-ray, our orthotic team fabricated a Rigo Cheneau that is doing its job to reduce curves.

The whole family traveled here to help Finn get fitted for his brace. The last photo shows Finn, his brother, and our orthotic team in the lab. All had fun being part of the process. We know Finn is going to do great! 💚

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Luke Stikeleather, our Founder and President, did an interview with Christine Sinn for her YouTube channel, ScolioBend. ...
10/05/2021
Scoliosis Support Superheroes Episode 1: National Scoliosis Center

Luke Stikeleather, our Founder and President, did an interview with Christine Sinn for her YouTube channel, ScolioBend. Her channel is featuring a series titled, “Scoliosis Support Superheroes,” and she has decided to highlight National Scoliosis Center in Episode 1! 😁 The interview is up now, click on the link below to watch it! 🎥

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Welcome to our new YouTube series, Scoliosis Support Superheroes! Scoliosis Support Superheroes celebrates our expert doctors, therapists, organizations, and...

Wondering what fall/winter fashion is trendy this season but will also work with your scoliosis brace?  We compiled a li...
10/01/2021
What to Wear With Your Brace: Fall/Winter Fashion | National Scoliosis Center

Wondering what fall/winter fashion is trendy this season but will also work with your scoliosis brace? We compiled a list of some fashionable and practical clothing items that will allow you to show off your style while staying comfortable this fall and winter 🍂❄️ There are amazing options from popular retailers American Eagle, PacSun, Old Navy, Altar'd State, SHEIN, Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie Kids, DICK'S Sporting Goods, and Forever 21. We hope you find something you love!

Click on the link below to see what fall/winter items will look stylish and let you feel confident in your scoliosis brace! 👕👖💚

https://nationalscoliosiscenter.com/blog/scoliosis-insights/what-to-wear-with-your-brace-fall-winter-fashion/

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Fall and winter seasons make finding fashionable clothing to wear with a scoliosis brace much easier than in any other season.

09/29/2021

Here is Christen, our Orthotist Assistant, and Luke, our Founder and President, making some braces in the lab🥼Each brace is made with the same love and care we show our patients every day 💚

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This is Sandy and her family making Sandy’s second brace at NSC. Sandy is doing great with her wear hours, averaging mor...
09/23/2021

This is Sandy and her family making Sandy’s second brace at NSC. Sandy is doing great with her wear hours, averaging more than 18 hours a day! Sandy’s mom said, “The whole family came for the making of Sandy’s second brace. I remember how nervous we all were a year ago making her first one, but this year it was something Sandy looked forward to.

We found that the team at NSC works so hard to involve the patient in the process. They ensure that the patient understands why they need the brace and how important it is to put in the hours of wearing the brace. From Brent’s initial intake call, to Christen telling stories about her experience with a brace, to Kristian’s patience and kindness, to Luke answering a worried phone call about a doctor’s appointment… the team here brings so much warmth and care, along with their technical brilliance on crafting orthotics.”

Here at NSC, we care for spinal curves and those who have them. We love working with our patients to ensure they receive the best care and feel comfortable in our offices.

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Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
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- Low-Dose EOS X-Ray Imaging
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The National Scoliosis Center builds on a 25 year focus on the treatment of Scoliosis. We are committed to pursuing this focus using the best proven practices available today regarding diagnostics, calibration, manufacturing, technology, and treatment. All of this is delivered with a founding commitment to patient empathy that we are well known for. We pride ourselves in working hand in hand with physicians and patients from around the world to offer a holistic approach in care to the patient and their entire family. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you and your family as you research and make decisions about your scoliosis care. Our website has been designed to help you better understand scoliosis from diagnosis to treatment and care. As part of our total commitment to complete scoliosis care, housed within our facility, the National Scoliosis Center is proud to offer the following state of the art services: • Custom Brace Fabrication • EOS Imaging Center • Schroth Physical Therapy Our staff, experience, and technology help us provide the best non-surgical solutions to scoliosis care. Please contact either our Fairfax, Virginia or Baltimore, Maryland offices if you have additional questions.

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Hello friends! I have a long story with questions at the end of the paragraphs. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 14. By the time they found it, my curvature had already reached a double curve of 16 and 30 degrees. They said since I'm done growing that it shouldn't get any worse and I don't need a brace. Well, I go back in a year and it now reads at 26 degrees and 38 degrees. This time he said if it gets worse they would consider fusion surgery. That was in 2014. Did your curves continue to worsen over time? Cause you pain? I was also diagnosed with kyphscolios that day but they didn't do any explaining of what that was. Does that need to be monitored or will it not get worse? Do a lot of people with scoliosis also have kyphosis? Ice had one back surgery from a ruptured disc and putting off am9ther surgery for a different rupture. Do a lot of people with scoliosis get ruptured discs easily? Also the thoracic part of my spine (where the large curve is) is recently starring to ache and almost like a burning sensation. What's that mean? Am I just being a total worry wart because I'm so aware 9f all the problems my back has or should there things be monitored? Tell me what you think and your stories!